ENUF blogs

In partnership with the Food Foundation, we have published a new research brief examining rates of food insecurity among working-age adults over the COVID-19 crisis by their employment status. The report examines how rates of food insecurity compared between working-age adults who have transitioned from work into unemployment or onto furlough with adults who have stayed in work over the crisis.

Earlier in the pandemic our thoughts turned to the research support we could offer those working on the frontline, discussed in our previous blog. The extraordinary times continue to throw up challenges and force adaptations to the systems in place to support people with access to food.

Stephanie Denning, Andy Williams, Maddy Power, Charlie Pemberton and Phil Cullen led the ‘Questioning the role of religious faith in UK food provision’ workshop at the recent ENUF Food and Poverty Conference. Here, they share some of the key conversations from the workshop. 

The workshop opened with three key questions:

Kim Newstead and Jacqui McDowell, Senior Health Improvement Officers at Public Health Scotland joined us for the recent Food and Poverty conference. Here, they provide some of their reflections. 

Research has many purposes, to learn, to evidence, to inform and to, hopefully, change. As researchers exploring problems of insecure food access in the UK, many of us are questioning how we can engage and meaningfully contribute to tackling the rising problem of food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The global Covid-19 pandemic is affecting countries across the world. In this context, along with the enormous health challenges it brings, we are also facing significant economic and social impacts. Early indications are that crisis has already had a dramatic impact on levels of household food insecurity in the UK and governments and charities across Europe are working out ways to meet increasing needs in local communities.

Today, with the Food Foundation, we’ve published a preliminary analysis of vulnerability to food insecurity since the COVID-19 lockdown in the UK. This analysis uses data from a YouGov survey commissioned by the Food Foundation and collected over 7-9 April 2020.

By Rachel Loopstra

One of the major developments for research and policy on UK household food insecurity in the past months has been the news that household food insecurity will be measured on the Family Resources Survey going forward. And no time has been wasted: with new data being collected from April 2019 forward, food insecurity measurement is already underway.